Colombo, Sep 18: India will launch their ICC World Twenty20 2012 campaign on Wednesday against Afghanistan at the R Premadasa Stadium under lights.
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Bowling seems to be a worry for captain MS Dhoni as they failed to defend 185 in a warm-up game against Pakistan on Monday.
India's dilemma is whether to pick five bowlers or stick with the same combination of seven batsmen and four to do duty with the ball. Dhoni hinted that at some stage they will go with five bowlers.
"Initially, we would like to sustain with seven batsmen but if part-timers are not able to perform, we might have to play with six batsmen and five bowlers," Dhoni said on Tuesday.
"Yes, bowling has always been a concern for us. Our bowling line-up is slightly weaker than our batting. But we have experienced bowlers who can do the needful," he added.
India, the 2007 champions should have it easy against the minnows. In their only previous T20 meeting in 2009 World event, India had won convincingly, by seven wickets.
In Group A, England, the title holders are the third team and India will face them on September 23.
A disappointing performance by Harbhajan Singh against Pakistan might forced the Dhoni and the team management to drop him for this game. R Ashwin has been doing exceptionally well. He has time and again proved that he is one of the best T20 bowlers. He took four wickets against Pakistan while Harbhajan went wicketless in his four overs which cost 40.
Zaheer Khan too did not have a good day against Pakistan. He did not finish his quota of four and gave away 31 runs in three.
"India have a very good batting line up, but they don't have a good bowling. India every time go for part-time bowlers, said Afghanistan's wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad.
India's batting is in good health. Virat Kohli has been in roaring form in all formats. He is the main man again for India if they want to win the trophy again.
Yuvraj Singh will also be under the spotlight as he has been in the last few months. He had a fine restart to his career post-cancer, against New Zealand in Chennai. Fans are eagerly waiting to see those big hits from the left-hander.
India bowlers will be hoping to deliver a far more improved performance against Afghanistan. It is in their hands to push India onto the victory path.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Ashok Dinda.
Afghanistan: Nawroz Mangal (captain), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Izzatullah Dawlatzai, Karim Sadeq, Mohammad Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Nasim Baras, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shehzad, Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapur Zadran.
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Simon Taufel (Australia)
Third Umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Fourth Umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Match starts 7.30 PM IST
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